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By Charles D., Jr. Thompson

"We have been attempting to switch the imaginative and prescient and the dialog approximately border fears."

Border Odyssey takes us on a force towards knowing the U.S./Mexico divide: all 1,969 miles—from Boca Chica to Tijuana—pressing on with the helpful fiction of a map.

"We had to visit where the place numerous blameless humans have been kicked, stubborn, spit on, arrested, detained, trafficked, and killed. it'll develop into transparent that the border, la frontera, used to be extra multifaceted and profound than something lets have invented approximately it from afar."

Along the adventure, 5 centuries of cultural historical past (indigenous, French, Spanish, Mexican, African American, colonist, and U.S.), wars, and laws spread. and during remark, dialog, and meditation, Border Odyssey scopes the tales of the folks and cities on either sides.

"Stories are the other of partitions: they call for liberate, retelling, exhibiting, connecting, each one picture chipping away at limitations. partitions are complete stops. yet tales are like commas, regularly making attainable the subsequent clause."

Among the terrain traversed: partitions and extra partitions, unforeseen roadblocks and patrol officials; a golfing path (you may perhaps force a ball around the border); a Civil conflict battlefield (you may well camp there); the southernmost plantation within the usa; a hand-drawn ferry, a road-runner tracked wasteland, and a wide ranging nationwide park; barbed cord, bridges, and a trucking-trade thoroughfare; ghosts with weapons; obscured, unmarked, and unpaved roads; a Catholic priest and his canine, paintings, icons, and political cartoons; a sheriff and a chain-smoking mayor; a Tex-Mex eatery empty of shoppers and a B&B shuttering its doorways; murder-laden newspaper headlines at breakfast; the kindness of the border-crossing underground; and too many aged, impoverished, ex-U.S. farmworkers, braceros, covered as much as have Thompson take their photograph.

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Side, or Rio Bravo as it is known in Mexico, was some two miles away, but as we barreled down the beach we began to see a lighthouse whirling its beacon over the little river in the distance. Rushing toward it, we came to a stop in the corner formed by the Gulf and the Rio. “Little mouth” is exactly right; there is nothing grande at all about it. I jumped out of the car and went for my camera in the back seat. There was just enough light left to get a few shots. Having missed the last good light by some twenty minutes, the dusky colors post-sunset would have to do.

Hearing Spanish on the other end, I shouted back a line or two about being at Boca Chica. Then the call went dead. Though we had never met, I knew the voice had to belong to Santiago, the ranch hand we were supposed to meet by 8:00. S. side, or Rio Bravo as it is known in Mexico, was some two miles away, but as we barreled down the beach we began to see a lighthouse whirling its beacon over the little river in the distance. Rushing toward it, we came to a stop in the corner formed by the Gulf and the Rio.

Then one last shot with my camera: pink one direction, fishermen another, lighthouse beam passing across breakers, dark. | 33 Recto Runninghe ad se ve n The Ghosts of Palmito Ranch R io Br avo ne a r B o ca Chica “Santiago’s waiting for us,” Hope reminded me. ” We started the car, found the hardened tracks, and headed back toward pavement. S. fishermen had gone home and there were no other cars on the beach. At the blacktop we got a phone signal again, and Hope called the number. Santiago answered on the first ring.

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